Bears Take Disappointing Ninth at Lexus Classic

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For a team chasing program history, its outcome at yesterday's Fresno State Lexus Golf Classic must have been a disappointment.

The No. 18 Cal men's golf team finished in ninth place, the first time this spring that the Bears have finished worse than third. A win would have been Cal's fourth of the season, a new program record.

Brisk winds resulted in inflated scores at the par-71 San Joaquin Country Club in Fresno, Calif. The winner, BYU, carded a 20-over. The Bears finished with a 45-over.

Pac-10 rivals Washington and Oregon both finished ahead of Cal, claiming third and fourth place, respectively.

Only two Cal golfers finished in the top-20. Juniors Eric Mina and Stephen Hale ended tied for 11th and 19th, respectively. Mina, in particular, had another stellar tournament. His first round 68 was one of the best scores on the day.

The other Cal golfers didn't do as well. Max Homa finished tied for 43rd and Michael Weaver ended in 52nd. Chad Vivolo took 74th, with Brandon Hagy rounding out the lineup just inside the top-100 finishers.

The Bears get another shot at their record fourth win next week. Cal has a week's rest before heading off to the National Invitation Tournament in Tucson, Ariz. The Bears tee off on March 17 and finish up the following day.

Contact Katie Dowd at [email protected]

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